Parent Resources

Health & Human Services


Child Care Connection – A program of Family Services of Central Massachusetts, provides child care resources and referrals.

Department of Early Education & Care – Learn about the programs and agencies that are licensed or funded by the Department of Early Education and Care, and find a provider or service in your area. 

Kennedy-Donovan Center - supports people with developmental delays, disabilities or family challenges to pursue their personal potential and success in the community. They provide a wide range of effective supports to individuals and families through prevention, advocacy and intervention services that are person-centered, innovative, and compassionate.

WIC - Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) Nutrition Program The WIC Nutrition Program keeps pregnant and breastfeeding women and kids under 5 healthy.

South County Community Partnership - Offers weekly educational playgroups, drop-in preschool, child/caregiver workshops, events, and parent workshops are offered year-round. Serves Dudley, Oxford, Charlton, Southbridge and Webster. Holds a weekly educational playgroup in Dudley.

Internet Safety

Children’s Partnership – A comprehensive look at the information superhighway and what parents should know.

Cybertip Line – Sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Expoited Children. Use this site to report child abuse of any sort. This can be used to report illegal web sites containing obscenity and child pornography.

Get Net Wise – The Internet offers kids many opportunities for learning, constructive entertainment, and personal growth. At the same time, parents are concerned about the risks kids face online. The challenge for parents is to educate themselves and their children about how to use the Internet safely. GetNetWise can help.

SafeKids.com – Family guide to making the Internet and technology fun, safe and productive.

On Guard Online - this site from the federal government provides tips for parents for navigation online safety including talking with your kids.


NetSmartz - this site created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has links for parents, educators, law enforcement to find information for internet safety. Each page provides presentations and links to more information. This site also has a link for parents with teens and a special section just for kids.

FBI's Parent Guide to Internet Safety - The FBI's informational pamphlet to online exploitation and the risks to your children.

Safety

Safe Kids

Reading

Signing With Babies

  • Signing with Your Baby
    This site offers discussions of how, why, and what to do to get started with baby signing. Also includes photos of common signs.
  • Signing with Babies
    Offers information about the benefits as well as resources and how to get started.
  • ASL for Babies
    Online dictionary with videos of the signs.